120 Years: 1987
Grand Junction celebrates the silver anniversary of Operation Foresight in 1987. Only 25 years old, and five years after Black Sunday, downtown merchants make a stand to succeed with boutique stores and locally owned restaurants. Dinosaur Days brings attention to Dinosaur Valley and the Museum of Western Colorado opens the interpretive trails at Riggs Hill on the Redlands and Dinosaur Hill in Fruita. The VA hospital’s first National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic is held and is hosted by Powderhorn Ski Area. The city gets its first female firefighter, Genevieve Case, and the Grand Junction/Mesa County Riverfront Commission is established. On the other side of the mountains, Roy Romer assumes office as the 39th Governor of Colorado as U.S. Sen. Gary Hart announces the end of his 1988 presidential campaign. The Simpsons make their television debut and Aretha Franklin becomes the first woman inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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